Finally, I Can Glow Naturally! Thank You Coconut Oil!

In an older post, I revealed some rather personal information about my “glowing” underarms. I reviewed the Secret Natural Mineral Antiperspirant, which must have been the millionth brand I had tried. Every time I dared something “natural”, it ended up either working for about an hour, or not being natural at all. Well, the search is over! I can officially glow naturally!

About six or seven months ago, I can across a home-made recipe for deodorant/antiperspirant. Huh. Yeah, right. As if home-made would ever work, right? I had started consuming coconut oil a few months before for all kinds of uses – cooking, skin rashes, as an antifungal for my dog’s skin, etc. This recipe I found was primarily made of coconut oil. “Why not give it a try?” I asked myself, since I admired coconut oil’s properties so much. So, I did.

The first week, I always made sure I had a back-up antiperspirant in my purse in case. I, not once, had to reapply any deodorant. I put on the DIY coconut deodorant in the morning after my shower and was fine until the next morning. I was flabbergasted! No more aluminum and other fake stuff I don’t know about, and no more sticky film! I now recommend it to everyone I know.

First, here is the link to the recipe on The Prairie Homestead: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/12/diy-coconut-oil-deodorant.html.

And here is the recipe (thank you, thank you, thank you Jill Winger for posting this!):
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
4 tbsp. cornstarch
essential oils

The Prairie Homestead site has more info on the preparation, I suggest you visit it directly.

Both times I did this recipe, I used Tea Tree, Lemon and Grapefruit essential oils – they all have antibacterial properties. My first batch, which lasted close to six months, I used coconut oil that tastes and smells like coconut. No matter how much essential oil I put in there, I always had the coconut smell, which is not a bad thing, I guess. I switched it up to non-tasting coconut oil for my second batch, now it smells like fresh citrus. ūüôā

A word of caution: make sure you use essential oils that can be applied to the skin, “fragrance oils” are not essential oil so avoid those. I found a great article you should read if you are new to essential oils: 21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

I am never, ever going back to store bought antiperspirant. Ever.

Final score: 5 out of 5

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Secret Natural Mineral Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Warning: I’m getting personal now (as if I wasn’t already personal about my scalp excema). But that’s the point right? Try a product and tell you what I think of it. Here goes…

A friend of mine once told me that someone told her that women don’t sweat… they “glow”. Yeah, ok, I like that. It sounds so much more “feminine”. Well, my “glowing underarms” end up not smelling like roses if I don’t cover them up with a good product. But who says women smell.¬†They¬†don’t “smell”… they “radiate scent”, but that doesn’t change the fact. Anyway, back to my review.

I tried Secret Natural Mineral in Lemongrass mint scent. What attracted me to it? The “natural” appeal, the fact that it’s an antiperspirant and a deodorant in one,¬†and mint. I just like mint. It just says “yummy smell”, like a really good dessert. I was doubting the “natural” part since the first ingredient listed is aluminium. Is aluminium natural? I usually try to give a product at least a few weeks of adjustment before I pass judgement, so that’s what I did. I found that it worked pretty well to mask the odor and also reduce the “glowing”. But, one downfall is that is covers up the underarm so well that an almost impossible to remove¬†sticky film gets, well,¬†stuck there.¬†Washing¬†with a lathered loofa like it was coarse sandpaper wasn’t even enough to remove it.¬† Now that can’t be good… blocking my pores that badly. It seems extreme, so I stopped using it.

Final score: 2.5 out of 5

I’ll soon be writing reviews on the other brands I am trying, including a “pure & natural action, 24h gentle care” deodorant that should be banned from the shelves. Stay tuned.